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Teaching Again!

Sometimes I still wonder at how excited I get about teaching. I have a very vivid memory of a teacher in grade school asking our class what we wanted to be when we grew up, and in my head, I told myself "Anything but a teacher!" Many many years later, I found myself - you guessed it - teaching. More than simply doing a job, I actually enjoyed doing it! Coming from a "teaching family," I suppose it is not really that much of a surprise. That reflection on not wanting to be a teacher was probably the rebel in me. In any case, you all probably know that I left my day job as an English teacher last year. I have found myself missing it every now and then, so when a friend (who works for a relocation services company) offered me a part-time job teaching Business English to expats here in the Philippines, I didn't really hesitate. Last week, I hauled my stuff to the next city to give my first lesson. It was great and tiring at the same time. It's not a &q

What Is Insomnia?

I have been writing LOTS of content for a project in the past months and they're mainly on finance and medicine. Most of the time, the titles are the form of What Is [INSERT TERM HERE]? Let me tell you - I have learned more about finance and medicine in the past two months than I have ever learned during a semester of economics and biology! Then again, experiencing insomnia first hand is never a fun thing. Sure, it may be informative in the experiential way, but this is one case wherein I'd rather experience things vicariously. They say that insomnia has various causes, some of which may be physiological while others are psychological. They say that oftentimes, insomnia is caused by emotional and/or mental issues that you are unable to resolve. No shit, Sherlock! Seriously, though, insomnia has been bugging me on and off for as long as I can remember. Nothing has changed there. It's just a matter of when it will start again. For now, it has started, and I cannot

Snake Dreams

I finally fell asleep before dawn earlier today, and that was a relief. The sucky part is that I didn't really sleep well. I have written about my elevator dream before - the recurring one. Well, I haven't dreamed it in a while, but I had another one of my recurring dreams last night: about snakes. I don't know why, but snakes have always creeped me out. Every now and then, especially if I have seen snakes on TV, I have scary dreams. Well last night - or this morning - I had one of them. Some say snakes are good luck. Snake tattoo, anyone? (I'd be the first to sign up for tatoo removal if I ever find one on my skin for some reason.) Anyhow, I wonder why I had that dream last night. I woke up groggy and out of it - more than usual. Anyone know what snake dreams mean?

Shopping and Insomnia

I have long ago learned the value of retail therapy. True, I am a recent convert - compared to my other friends, that is. Still, I will never ignore the good that a little shopping can bring you. Never mind that the respite is brief and that you'll have to pay for what you buy. The temporary relief is worth it most of the time. Yesterday, I went shopping at Greenhills and walked - limped rather - away with some "good vibes" stuff. I just love it how bazaars can make you dizzy due to the sheer number of stalls and goods! I even bought baby stuff for Eli, my new nephew whom we're expecting any day now. I wish he were here now - although I bet my sister is even more eager than I am. (Right, Han?) Anyhow, I am rambling once again, thanks to this recent comeback that my insomnia has made. For whatever reason, I am having problems falling asleep at night again. Maybe I ought to go back to Greenhills just so that I get totally exhausted and go out like a light at

The Game Begins: Game of Thrones Teaser

George R.R. Martin posted a note on his Facebook account yesterday, and he shared the latest teaser for the upcoming HBO TV series based on his Song of Ice and Fire books. Needless to say, I am beside myself with excitement! If I haven't written about it before, let me say it again: this series is so dark and so representative of what happens in real life that it is scary. The trailers they have released so far seem to hold a lot of promise, and this latest one beats them all, I think. Can't wait for April 17!

Hooked on Daily Deal Sites

I heard about Groupon a while back, but I never really paid much attention to it as we didn't have anything like it in the Philippines. Late last year, a friend made me aware of a local deals site called Ensogo. (I think I mentioned it when I wrote about our Indian restaurant experience.) Now I don't know if I am noticing more local daily deal sites because they are cropping up left and right or because I am simply more aware of their existence. Whatever the reason, my PayPal account is suffering for it. These deals sites are very convenient, and they are doing a very good job of selling stuff - at least to suckers like me. They tout all sorts of things from anti aging products to anti-hair fall products (yeah I got several) to massages to restaurant vouchers. Sucker me just cannot help myself. I still have at least three vouchers that I have not used, and I am already looking at a new ad I saw on Facebook for another site. Are these sites really worth it or am I being

Apple Wants My Mac for Three Weeks? NO!

That should have been a NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! Darth Vader style. It has been a few weeks since I noticed a problem with the rubber base of Kalessin. At first, there was just a small bump in the middle left section. I didn't really think much about it until I felt something weird. The culprit? See the image below. It's disappointing, really. You would think these things don't happen to stuff that Apple makes. After all, you pay a price for their products. When I bought the Mac, it was not a small thing for me. It wasn't like I was shopping around for digital cameras that I can (relatively) easily replace when necessary. I went ahead and maxed out that piece of plastic for a Mac thinking I will not have to worry about the laptop for at least the next year... Anyhow, it did happen, probably courtesy of the heat. The good news is that the guy at the Power Mac Center in Megamall said that it is PROBABLY covered by Apple under warranty, so they can replace it

Goodbye, Serge Graystone

I would be hard pressed if I were asked who my favorite (human) character in Caprica is. There is no doubt, however, that Serge Graystone ranks number 1. Fellow Serge fans say good bye to him this week, though, as the short-lived sci-fi series came to an end. On one hand, it is sad that they didn't see fit to continue Caprica. It is even sadder how they ended it - no spoilers here for those who haven't seen it, but the last episode just left me feeling flat. On the other hand, one season is not enough to create a bond such as the one I had with Battlestar Galactica, so I am not all that unhappy about not having any Caprica episodes to watch. I think I shall go for Dexter reruns in the next weeks. Whatchathink? Photo via design_guy2k

Sunset at Aninuan: Outsiders Not Allowed

It is not a secret that I love going to Aninuan/Tamaraw Beach in Puerto Galera. It is definitely not the best beach you can find in the Philippines, but it is a convenient and relaxing destination. Last year alone, I went there three times. The area never fails to rejuvenate me. I spent the New Year at Tamaraw Beach Resort as usual and have no complaints about it. However, I had an unpleasant experience at the resort next door - Sunset at Aninuan . While I stay at Tamaraw each time I go to Puerto Galera, I always make it a point to pay Sunset a visit for their brewed coffee, which is the most decent I can find in the area. Their outdoor bar is quite pleasant, with just as pleasant serving staff. This trip was no different in that we went for coffee next door. While having coffee, the thought of trying out the resort - actually stay there - for once came up, and we decided to inquire about reserving rooms for May. We didn't do it then and there as plans were quite uncert

Got a Plan? I Don't!

I used to have my life all planned out. That was when I was young er and felt that I could conquer the world (confession: sometimes I still think I can). More than a decade, lots more pounds, and tons of twists and turns later, I look at myself and see someone a bit different from what that young er person envisioned. It's not all that bad - I am still doing pretty okay, but just a few minutes ago, I realized that I don't have a clear vision of myself and where I would be five years down the road. Heck, I don't even have plans for the next year. Am I regressing or is this just a phase (of indefinite duration)? Is there something wrong with my mentality? People at my age have settled down or are settling down. They are starting to build their own homes or at least planning to. They have kids - or are planning on starting a family. They have a career path. They have PLANS. Me? I don't even want my own home. I don't want all those things. I just want to

Random Thoughts on Canned Meat

Spam. Love it or hate it? Health buffs will hate me for saying this, but I think that Spam - the canned variety - isn't all that bad. In fact, last month, I found myself eating it more than I usually do. Call it unhealthy or whatever you want to, but it does taste good! Of course, spam of the other kind may not be all that desirable. Sometimes, though, they make my day. How can waking up to e-mails touting best male enhancement products not make you chuckle? It probably doesn't matter that my profile clearly indicates that I am female - they just send those ads anyway. Anyhow, I digress. Going back to Spam...if it is that bad, why is it still in the market up to today? Why do people (like me) still like to have it every now and then? Does anyone else here like Spam?

New Year's Revolutions

Five days at the beach was barely enough to fill up my beach meter, especially since the weather was not that great. We did get some sun, and we were able to relax, but I am already looking forward to spending time at the beach with the sun on max. Anyhow, here comes the "compulsory" New Year post...gone is the old, here comes the new. I don't like making resolutions (revolutions, according to a friend's 10-year-old daughter) - they end up not being done, but I will just keep doing what needs to be done when I can. The beginnings of a list is already making my head ache: Get my act at work together (so far so good - yeah been at work for only 2 days) Get errands done quickly (making progress) Be more responsible and deal with all sorts of necessary paperwork (mutual funds, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC , taxes, social security...arggh...fail!) Work on my poker face. This one, I really have to succeed at - don't ask me why. Travel more! I have several trips lined u